In 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was passed making the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal (including beer and wine). However, in spite of the amendment, a great deal of liquor was illegally manufactured, transported, sold, and consumed during the Prohibition Era. (In fact, that era is known as the “Roaring 20s.”) Large well-organized groups of violent criminals profited greatly from this illegal activity. Meanwhile, thegovernment lost the revenues it formerly collected by taxing alcohol. It didn’t take long for Americans to realize that the Eighteenth Amendment hadn’t worked as had been hoped, and in 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.

50. Which proposal today can best be supported by citing the American experience with Prohibition?

decriminalizing marijuana


The experience of Prohibition presented in this passage is most relevant to the debate over decriminalizing marijuana. The other proposed changes in policies are not as similar.

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